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James grew up in Kenya where he was surrounded by wildlife and the outdoors. School holidays were spent on safari game driving with clients, discussing Africa's conservation challenges around the campfire, and on walking safaris in some of Kenya's wildest and most beautiful regions.This inspired James to study a science degree, the highlight being ...
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Dr Kathy Avent

Kathy Avent joins CEED as Chief Operations Officer, bringing 15 years of research management, strategy and leadership to support the operations and planning for the centre. Kathy provides support to the CEED Director and leadership group to achieve its strategic targets, meet reporting requirements and promote the outcomes and impact of CEED resea ...
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Ms Stephanie Avery-Gomm

Stephanie Avery-Gomm is an applied ecologist, interested in using decision science to achieve optimal outcomes for conservation. Stephanie's current research examines the efficacy of endangered species legislation and develops decision support tools to improve endangered species recovery. Stephanie is also an active member of the seabird research c ...
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Dr Chris Baker

Chris' research interests are about using mathematical models to help improve management. The focus of his work has been about the application of optimal control theory to invasive species management and in developing ecosystem models to predict how management actions will affect different species in an ecosystem. He is also working on developing ...
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Ms Michelle Baker

Michelle is assisting in the communications at CEED. She has a BSc in Ecology and Conservation Biology (First Class Honours, 2005) from Griffith University. Michelle has worked in several research teams in universities, with a focus in research communication  / knowledge brokering. She also has a background in traditional scientific illustrat ...
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Prof Melissa Brown

Professor Melissa Brown is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland.  Melissa completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne in 1993, on blood cell growth factors and their role in human leukaemia. She then undertook postdoctoral training at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and King’s College in Lo ...
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Dr Nathalie Butt

Nathalie is an Australian Research Council Fellow. Her work is concerned with the interactions between biodiversity and climate/climate change, previously focussing on forests in tropical South America and temperate Europe, and now including Australian forests and ecosystems. She is currently working on global-scale analyses of climate and human im ...
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Dr Alienor Chauvenet

Alienor commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in October 2014. She is a quantitative ecologist with a keen interest in optimal decision-making. Her research is about enhancing our knowledge and implementation of species conservation and management using state-of-the-art techniques. At present, her researc ...
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Mr Diego Correa Gomez

Diego is developing a project between the Schools of Agriculture and Food Sciences (Prof Peer Schenk, Dr Skye Thomas-Hall) and Biological Sciences (Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Hawthorne Beyer), which aims to explore the relationships between biofuel production and conservation of biodiversity in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. This p ...
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Ms Colleen Corrigan

Research topic: Social and Ecological Measures of Conservation Effectiveness and Multiple Scales. My project has three key components focused on strengthening effective conservation impact: (1) developing an evidence base for community-driven conservation practices, (2) using species and other data sources to identify key conservation areas in the ...
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Dr Katrina Davis

Dr Katrina Davis commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in July 2015. Her research investigates optimal use of natural resources to maximise the productivity of human and ecological systems. Her current research examines how to integrate expert and stakeholder preferences for marine ecological features by ...
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Dr Angela Dean

Dr Angela Dean is a quantitative social scientist. Her research focuses on how to promote environmental citizenship within communities.  Angela draws on diverse experience as both a researcher and practitioner in the areas of health, science communication, citizen science, and sustainable urban water management.  Her research explores: ...
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Through his PhD research, Brendan is investigating the question of when it is more cost effective to protect pristine vs degraded ecosystems in order to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services. This is essential knowledge for anyone wishing to optimise the allocation of scarce conservation funding.

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Mr Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao

Ed is a PhD candidate working on policy analysis with the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership. Having worked with us previously as a research assistant, his PhD topic of investigation is 'Effectiveness of the international policy framework for conserving migratory shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway'. Eduardo is workin ...
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Veronica is currently doing her PhD studying patterns of extinction risk in migratory birds.

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Dr Angela Guerrero-Gonzalez

Angela is interested in the human and institutional aspects that affect nature conservation. Her research focuses on developing ways to account for social-ecological complexity in conservation decisions. For example, how governance networks can best deal with ecological complexity and multi-scalar conservation issues. Angela's research also include ...
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Valerie's research interests include biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration. Her research project investigates the potential for achieving multiple outcomes for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration from restoration projects. More specifically it involves evaluating how the costs and likelihood of success of restoration v ...
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Jeff is a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland. He is creating algorithms to design reserve networks that are resistant to environmental change and (indirectly) protect greater amounts of genetic diversity. Jeff is supervised by Dr Richard Fuller and Dr Jonathan Rhodes. Before starting his PhD, Jeff compl ...
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Dr Matthew Holden

Matt is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland's ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) in Brisbane, Australia. Mathematical tools unify his research across several diverse topics in environmental science, including illegal use and trade of natural resources, fisheries management, NGO and stakeholder beh ...
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Dr Gwen Iacona

Gwen joined CEED in 2015 after being appointed as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow through the University of Queensland. She studies how to improve the effectiveness of conservation spending, and has a particular interest in questions related to the costs and benefits of managing protected areas. Gwen earned a PhD in ecology and evolutionary b ...
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Kendall is passionate about biodiversity conservation in general, but has a particular interest in marine conservation and climate change. His PhD will investigate and develop methods for incorporating land-use change and climate change into marine conservation planning.

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Prof Salit Kark

My research focuses on understanding the patterns and processes shaping biodiversity of native and invasive species and their implications for conservation and environmental decisions in a changing world. I focus on these main directions: (1) Biodiversity and conservation in human-dominated landscapes: This includes studies on both native and alie ...
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Carissa's general area of research is applied spatial conservation planning. Currently her research is focused on supporting conservation decisions in the Coral Triangle, the world's epicentre of coral reef biological diversity. Carissa co-supervises students with Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Maria Beger, and collaborates with several CEED researche ...
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Caitlin is currently completing her PhD through the University of Queensland, under the supervision of Prof Hugh Possingham, Prof Cathering Lovelock, and Dr Alienor Chauvenet.

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Dr Elizabeth Law

Liz's research interests centre on biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Conservation and economic paradigms are shifting in recognition of the interdependencies among environmental, economic, and social systems. This shift is changing philosophies on why, where, and how we conserve nature. Her research evaluates these evolving in ...
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Hsien-Yung completed his BSc and MSc in marine biology and migratory fish at National Taiwan University. Now, as a PhD student at University of Queensland, he is interested in the conservation of diadromous fish, as different habitat requirements during the different stages of their life history make them vulnerable to a range of different stressor ...
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Ms Sofía López-Cubillos

Growing up in Colombia gave Sofía the opportunity to explore the great biodiversity that it holds and this influenced her to study biology with a particular focus on entomology and evolution. By the end of her bachelor degree, Sofía's concern about the pressure humans were imposing on the planet motivated her to change fields and stud ...
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Ms Bonnie Mappin

Bonnie Mappin is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland in School of Biology and the School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management. Her research focuses on evidence-based decision science for the optimisation of limited funds in conservation efforts for halting biodiversity loss. The main themes of Bonnie’s research inclu ...
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Dr Tara Martin

Tara Martin is a Conservation Scientist with the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada and Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland, Australia. Tara is a pioneer in the field of conservation decision making, combining analytical techniques from applied ecology and decision theory with exp ...
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Ms Maria Martinez Harms

Maria is interested in the science-policy interface for ecosystem services and biodiversity to inform landscape management decisions. She has developed syntheses of ecosystem services to provide evidence that can be used in environmental decision making. Her PhD research supervised by Dr. Kerrie Wilson, Prof. Hugh Possingham, Dr. Jonathan Rhodes an ...
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Mr Sean Maxwell

Sean's research focuses on planning for dynamic threats to species and ecosystems of conservation concern. He is particularly interested in exploring how changes in economic and social factors can contribute to deforestation in protected areas, planning for human responses to climate change, and conserving threatened species in dynamic agricul ...
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Dr Eve McDonald-Madden

Eve is an ARC Research Fellow at University of Queensland and visiting scientist with the Decisions Lab at CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems. Her research focuses on conservation management in the face of uncertainty and approaches to improve conservation decisions by analysing the trade-offs between available dollars, our need for information, and the ...
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Ms Jennifer McGowan

Jennifer is a PhD candidate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her work, supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham, Dr Maria Beger, and Dr Carissa Klein, focuses on improving methods for applied conservation planning in marine and coastal ecosystems. She is interested ...
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Ms Courtney Morgans

Courtney is interested in understanding how science, policy and economics influence conservation prioritisation and effectiveness. Her PhD research is focused on evaluating conservation strategies for the protection of Orang-Utan in Borneo with the aim of identifying key areas and methodologies for targeted investment in order to improve return fro ...
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Dr Micheli Duarte de Paula Costa

Dr Micheli Duarte de Paula Costa commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow in September 2015. She is a marine biologist with research interests encompassing spatial ecology, quantitative marine ecology, climate change, and conservation. Her is characterised by novel integration of multiple disciplines ...
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Prof Hugh Possingham

Hugh is a Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and was the Director of CEED from 2011-2016.  Aside from his day job, Hugh has a variety of broader public roles advising policy makers, conservation groups and managers by sitting on 15 committees and boards outside the University of Queensland including: The Wentworth Group of Concerned S ...
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Dr Anna Renwick

Anne is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland and a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Tara Martin. Her research focuses on looking at the trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services, food security and how to maximise both biodiversity and soci ...
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Assoc Prof Jonathan Rhodes

Jonathan is an applied ecologist working at the interface between ecology, social science and economics to improve and better understand conservation decision-making. He has a particular interest in understanding how spatial processes drive biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the implications of this for decision-making in conservation. Jona ...
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Prof Anthony Richardson

Professor Anthony J. Richardson has research interests in marine ecology, climate impacts research and analysis of large datasets using modern data analysis techniques. He holds an Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Queensland and a PhD degree in Marine Ecology from the University of Cape Town. Since 2005, Anthony has a joint positi ...
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Ms Leslie Roberson

Leslie has an interdisciplinary background in biological conservation that started with a B.A. in Environmental Studies at Yale University, during which she was able to work on several projects related to natural resource management and conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean. She then spent a year studying sea turtle by-catch and tradition ...
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Mr Andrew Rogers

Andrew's primary research interests include species' use of highly transformed habitats, conservation management in human dominated landscapes and habitat restoration. He is particularly interested in the impact of invasive species on native community assembly and function. Recent work has included quantifying novel ecosystem support of native spec ...
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Dr Tracy Rout

Tracy has been involved in CEED research as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow, firstly through the University of Melbourne, and from 2015, through the University of Queensland.  Her research interests include: Decision Analysis, Ecological Modelling, Conservation Biology, Conservation Ecology, Environmental Management, Planning and Monitor ...
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As an undergraduate, Rebecca studied a Bachelors program in Environmental Management (Sustainable Development) at the University of Queensland, and was awarded First Class Honours and a University Medal (top 1%) in 2011. Rebecca completed her PhD with CEED and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow.

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Dr Truly Santika (Rintanen)

Truly is currently working on assessing protected area effectiveness in Kalimantan and modelling metapopulation dynamics of the orangutan populations in Sabah, Malaysia, funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions, as part of the Borneo Futures initiative. Key collaborators for this projects include Dr. Kerrie W ...
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Dr Justine Shaw

Justine Shaw is a Research Fellow examining conservation decision making in the terrestrial Antarctica and sub-Antarctic, with a particular focus on non-native species. Her position is a collaborative one between CEED, the University of Queensland and the Australian Antarctic Division. Justine is currently examining the risks posed by non-native sp ...
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Dr Martin Stringer

Martin is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at UQ. He has a background in theoretical astrophysics, specialising in analytic & numerical models of cosmology and galaxy formation following a D.Phil at Oxford & Caltech. He has recently joined the group to apply this modelling experien ...
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Mr Andres Felipe Suarez-Castro

Felipe is particularly interested in using the knowledge on ecological functioning in conservation and environmental management planning. His research interests include the following areas: species distribution patterns, landscape ecology and functional ecology. He holds a Master's degree in conservation and wildlife management, and has worked on h ...
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Dr Ayesha Tulloch

Ayesha is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University and Associate Fellow with the University of Queensland where she completed her PhD on optimal monitoring. Her research focuses on using ecological knowledge to inform conservation decision-making processes. She is a conservation biologist interested in particular in decisions that t ...
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Mr Ruben Venegas

Ruben is originally from Costa Rica, where he did his BSc in Biology. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he worked for several years in a Sea Turtle Conservation project in the Caribbean coast of the country. Ruben was also involved in environmental education activities, and together with other colleagues, started Keto Foundation, a Non-for- ...
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Ms Michelle Ward

Michelle’s research broadly focuses on applied conservation research that is linked directly to the on the ground actions. More specifically, she is interested in efficient reserve design, landscape management, planning and mitigating dynamic threats, cost-effective conservation actions, ecosystem service management and conserving threat ...
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Jessie is a post-doctoral researcher working on ecosystem services and landscape planning in Borneo, as part of the Borneo Futures Project in collaboration with CEED researchers, other scientists and NGOs.

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Mrs Barbara Whittaker

Barbara has worked at UQ for 8 years and has joined the CEED team providing EA, administration and research support to Kerrie Wilson and the Centre. She organises the CEED workshops, travel arrangements, and answers all enquiries.

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In 2015, Steve undertook a PhD on the "Ecology and Conservation of Indonesian Javan or Lesser one-horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus sondaicus Demarest, 1822), in Ujung Kulon National Park, West Java, Indonesia", aiming to do the work over a four year time frame. These animals are amongst the most critically endangered species on the planet wi ...
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Ms Hui Xiao

Hui is a PhD student jointly supervised by UQ/CSIRO/INRA. She completed her bachelor of economics in China, her master of statistics & econometrics in France, and is now doing her PhD of applied math on ecology at UQ. Her research is at the crossroad of applied math, conservation science and economics, investigating the optimal ecosystem m ...
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